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    Today I was mocking up the front fenders and running board aprons to the frame to take to the body shop. I also put the radiator shell on the radiator in order to install the hood. What keeps the bottom of the radiator shell from contacting and scratching the front fender?

  • #2
    What year

    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #3
      Originally posted by Mitch View Post
      What year
      It's a 31.


      • #4
        There should be a very small gap at the bottom of the shell where it meets the fenders.
        Nothing goes in between
        It's so tight in that area i use tape to protect when assembling a freshly painted car
        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"

        Mitch's Auto Service ctr


        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
          Editing a comment
          Everything has to be aligned just right for it tio fit properly in that area.

      • #5
        there should be a rubber pad between each lower rad. mounting tab and the frame.
        I remember having to double up on these pads to get the shell to not rub. As stated, the fit is very tight and the tape idea is essential. We actually use tape (the non-stick green or blue stuff that the body guys use) all over the place when we are assembling painted parts


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